15 Best New Air Fryer Recipes of 2020

chicken katsu with sauce over rice on a white plate
Photo: Soup Loving Nicole

As 2020 draws to a close, we're looking back on some of the Allrecipes community's favorite new recipes of the year. One appliance our readers definitely couldn't get enough of? The air fryer. From healthier appetizers and sides (these Air Fryer French Fries are wonderfully crispy, and this Everything Seasoning Air Fryer Asparagus is as flavorful as it gets) to delicious and easy main dishes (everyone at your table will love these Air Fryer Apricot-Glazed Chicken Breasts and these Air Fryer Chimichangas), these are our most popular new air fryer recipes of the last 12 months.

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Air Fryer Chicken Taquitos

Air Fryer Chicken Taquitos
Yoly

"These taquitos are air fried, which makes them healthier than deep fried ones," says recipe creator Yoly. "Using shredded rotisserie chicken provides a quick prep but you can always use home-cooked chicken. Serve with sides of sour cream, Mexican tomato sauce, and guacamole, or your choice of sides."

02 of 15

Air Fryer French Fries

a plate of Air Fryer French Fries with a cup of dipping sauce
Chef John

"Since I missed the whole Instant Pot train, I had to make at least one air fryer recipe while they're still hot," says Chef John. "And it doesn't get more classic than French fries; the generally accepted technique is pretty, dare I say, airtight, at this point, but I do have one extra trick in store! Finally, dip them in honey mustard, spicy ketchup, garlic aioli, or all 3 mixed together, like I did."

03 of 15

Everything Seasoning Air Fryer Asparagus

Roasted, seasoned asparagus on platter
France C

"'Everything' bagel seasoning isn't just for bagels — it's also delicious on asparagus," according to recipe creator France C. "Certain bagel seasoning brands are saltier than others, so hold off on adding salt until the end, if needed."

04 of 15

Air Fryer Apricot-Glazed Chicken Breasts

Air Fryer Apricot-Glazed Chicken Breasts
Air Fryer Apricot-Glazed Chicken Breasts | Photo by lutzflcat.

You only need six ingredients — apricot preserves, fresh ginger paste, fresh rosemary, chicken breasts, vegetable oil, and black pepper — to make this easy and delicious dinner. Serve over a bed of white rice, recommends recipe creator lutzflcat.

05 of 15

Air Fryer Hard-Boiled Eggs

hard boiled eggs
Holy

Did you know you can make fantastic hard-boiled eggs in your air fryer? It's as easy as can be: Just place your eggs in the machine and cook for about 15 minutes. They'll be easy to peel and, best of all, you won't have to wash a pot.

06 of 15

Air Fryer Chicken Katsu with Homemade Katsu Sauce

chicken katsu with sauce over rice on a white plate
Soup Loving Nicole

"Air-fried chicken katsu that is crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside," says recipe creator Soup Loving Nicole. "The sauce is a little bit sweet, a little bit tangy, and complements the chicken perfectly. Serve over rice if desired."

07 of 15

Air Fryer Chicken Cordon Bleu

Air Fryer Chicken Cordon Bleu
Soup Loving Nicole

Make a restaurant-worthy meal in the comfort of your own kitchen with the help of your air fryer. Panko-coated chicken breasts are stuffed with deli ham and Swiss cheese. It goes well with steamed vegetables, according to recipe creator By Soup Loving Nicole.

08 of 15

Air Fryer Calamari

Air Fryer Calamari
Soup Loving Nicole

This healthier take on fried calamari is as easy to make as it is to eat. Since this recipe comes together in under 30 minutes, it makes a wonderfully quick last-minute appetizer. Eat them alone or serve with cocktail sauce and lemon wedges.

09 of 15

Air Fryer Stuffed Mushrooms

Air Fryer Stuffed Mushrooms

"These low-carb mushrooms are easy to make and cook in under 10 minutes in your air fryer," according to recipe creator France C. "They make the perfect game-day snack, but also impress as a first course when having friends over for an elegant dinner."

10 of 15

Air Fryer Potstickers

Air Fryer Potstickers
Soup Loving Nicole

Looking for a delicious and fun recipe to make in your air fryer? Try these tasty air-fried potstickers, which recipe creator Soup Loving Nicole says are crispy on the outside, while they're tender and juicy on the inside.

11 of 15

Air Fryer Roasted Pineapple

Air fryer pineapple rings
Yoly

"Roasted pineapple is a delicious addition to so many dishes," according to recipe creator Yoly. "Add the roasted pineapple to your tacos al pastor, chicken dishes, pork dishes, even Asian dishes. Roasted pineapple added to smoothies adds another layer of flavor. Top your ice cream or yogurt or eat it right out of the air fryer. The choices are endless."

12 of 15

Air Fryer General Tso's Chicken

Air Fryer General Tso's Chicken

Instead of takeout or delivery for dinner tonight, opt for this air-fried twist on the Chinese restaurant menu staple. It comes together in just about half an hour, so you'll want to include this one in your weeknight rotation.

13 of 15

Air Fryer Fried Rice

Air Fryer Fried Rice

Fried rice has never been easier. This quick recipe (which is ready in about 20 minutes) serves two, so you won't be left with more leftovers than you can handle. Of course, you can always double or triple the recipe if you're feeding more people.

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Air Fryer Bacon-Wrapped Scallops with Sriracha Mayo

side view of rows of scallops wrapped in bacon secured by toothpicks on a square blue plate
fabeveryday

"This delicious appetizer is prepared quickly and easily in the air fryer and served with a spicy Sriracha mayo dipping sauce," according to recipe creator fabeveryday. "I use the smaller bay scallops for this. If you are using jumbo scallops it will require a longer cooking time and longer strips of bacon."

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Air Fryer Chimichangas

Air Fryer Chimichangas
Yoly

"Now you can have chimichangas just as crispy as deep frying, minus the calories," says recipe creator Yoly. "Plus they are quick to make in an air fryer and perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. Top with salsa, sour cream, avocado, and cheese."

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